Eaton sending five to regional

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

May 27, 2014

Eaton’s track team will be sending five individuals in seven events to the regional meet this week.

The Eagles claimed three individual district titles during the Division II district meet at Graham High School Thursday, May 22 and Saturday, May 24.

“Tough district meet for both the girls and guys,” Eaton coach Randy McKinney said. “We are very pleased to have five athletes qualify through in seven events. We had several athletes just miss out with fifth place finishes, tough spot to be in, but what a great attempt on behalf of those athletes.”

Senior Michelle McKinney continued her stellar career by winning both the 800-and 1,600-meter runs. The win in the 800 was her fourth consecutive district title. The 1,600 title was her second straight and she just missed setting a district record.

McKinney, the defending Division II state champion, won the 800 in 2 minutes, 22.06 seconds. She won the 1,600 in 5:04.62. The district record is 5:04.38.

Seth Wright captured an individual district title in the pole vault with an outstanding day on Thursday. He cleared 14-3 to advance.

Seth Reynolds advanced with a top four finishes in both the long jump (19 1/4) and 110 hurdles (15.45).

“Not too bad for a first year track and field athlete,” Randy McKinney said.

Madison Bowman had a great day in the discus, adding several feet to her season best throw, to advance on to the regional. The sophomore’s toss of 109-3 was good enough for 3rd place.

Taylor Broermann ran a personal best time of 5:22 in the 1,600 meter run to advance.

Morgan Evans was 5th in the 3,200 with a time of 12:55.02.

Courtney Smith placed 5th in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.66. Brooke Selby also placed in the 300 hurdles finishing 8th in 51.05.

The girls 4x100-meter relay team of Smith, Selby, Liana Dickerson and Kristi Floyd was 8th in 54.28.

The 4x400 team of Dickerson, Floyd, Broermann and McKinney finished 8th in 4:36.61.

In the 4x800, Eaton’s quartet of Evans, Autumn Bleil, Danielle Newport and Lauren Muncy was 8th in 11:28.60.

Bowman took 6th in the shot with a toss of 32 feet.

For the boys, Zavier Spears was 8th in the 200 with a time of 24.70. He ran personal best of 51.48 in the 400 and finished 5th.

Seth Gard was 7th in the 1,600 (4:43.13).

In the 3,200, Andy Newport was 6th in 10:38.40.

In the 4x100 relay, the team of Damon Willard, Aldin Leaker, Yue Lin and Tyler David was 5th in 46.01.

In the 4x200, Willard, Lin, Spears and David were 6th in 1:34.83.

The 4x800 team of Branson Bennett, Gard, Newport and Ben Bassler was 8th in 9:19.14.

In the discuss, Shane Hammock had toss of 114-1 to finish 8th.

As a team, Eaton’s girls totaled 50 points to finish 7th in the 14-team field.

The boys scored 40 and finished 7th.

“We always want to qualify more athletes through to the regional championships, but not any easy thing to do in a very tough D-II District meet at Graham. Most of our athletes had season or career personal bests in their respective events so not a bad way to end their 2014 season,” coach McKinney said.

The regional meet will be held Thursday, May 29 and Saturday, May 31 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. Field events, boys’ pole vault, girls’ high jump, boys’ long jump and boys’ and girls’ discus, will begin at 4 p.m.

Running preliminaries will begin at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s field events will be begin at 11:30 a.m. Running finals are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.